The Incredible Book Eating Boy
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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

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by Oliver Jeffers
     
 

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Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels

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Overview

Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth?

With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
We all are pleased when kids love books, but Henry perhaps carries this love a bit too far when he begins to actually eat them. He begins with a word, and is soon eating a book at a time. He loves all sorts. The more he eats the smarter he gets. Henry keeps eating and getting smarter, looking forward to being the smartest in the world, until he begins to feel ill. It is all too much for him to digest. He finally decides to read a book instead of eating it. He still loves reading and hopes to become the smartest person on Earth, even if it takes a bit longer. Jeffers tells the visual tale using “paint, pencil, and Letraset on pages from old books” that have been discarded. His characters are cartoon-y, his settings simple, not distracting from Henry’s evolving appetite and the subsequent results of his growing intelligence. But we are also shown his growing illness and his nightmare of a boy-eating book. Henry’s return to a normal, “broccoli-eating boy” is depicted with equal low-key humor and with a concluding surprise: the actual bite taken out of the last page and jacket. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
Henry loves books. In fact, he literally devours them. And the more he eats, the smarter he gets. When he starts eating too many too fast, he can no longer digest them, and their contents get all mixed up. The simple cartoon illustrations twinkle with humor and feeling. Done in paint and pencil on smart backdrops-pages from old books-the pictures set the stage for the quirky story. When forced to give up eating his favorite volumes, Henry eventually learns to enjoy reading them. However, an actual bite taken out of the back cover suggests he still succumbs to the occasional indulgence. This well-done package will charm its audience. The snappy text works well for reading aloud, but older children will enjoy exploring the subtle details hidden in the illustrations and backgrounds.
—Julie RoachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399247491
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/19/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
60,065
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

 Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
 

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